10 Oct 2017

Jacky Simmonds appointed Group Chief People Officer

Amsterdam, 10 October 2017 - VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), a leading global provider of connectivity and internet services headquartered in Amsterdam and serving more than 235 million customers, today announces the appointment of Jacky Simmonds as Group Chief People Officer effective from 1 January 2018. Jacky will become a member of VEON’s senior executive management team and will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer, Jean-Yves Charlier.

Jacky has experience across a number of sectors including travel, tourism and aviation in over 25 years working as an HR Executive, bringing particular expertise in leading significant transformations of organisations to become more digitally enabled businesses. Jacky regularly features in the annual list of the top ten Most Influential HR Practitioners in the United Kingdom. She will be responsible for managing and leveraging the talent and experience across VEON's operating markets as well as developing a strategy to build a world-class HR function across the group.

Prior to joining VEON, Jacky was Group People Director at easyJet plc where she focused on organisational change, updating the ways of working, employee engagement and talent development. She played a crucial role in helping it shape itself for further growth and scale in Europe. Before joining easyJet plc, Jacky was Group HR Director at TUI Group for over five years.

Jacky is also a Non-Executive Director at Ferguson Plc, where she chairs the Remuneration Committee, and is a member of the Nominations and Audit Committee.

Jean-Yves Charlier, Chief Executive Officer of VEON, said: “Jacky brings a tremendous track record in leading large-scale organisational transformations and global best practice to VEON. Her extensive experience in leading HR functions across several markets at high profile public companies along with her Board level counsel and advice will be invaluable in building a world-class HR function to accelerate the successful transformation of our group across the world.”

About VEON

VEON is a NASDAQ and Euronext Amsterdam-listed global provider of connectivity and internet services, with the ambition to lead the personal internet revolution for over 235 million customers it currently serves, and many others in the years to come.

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